Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s London Studio, SingStar PS3 takes the successful interactive singing experience established with the multi-million selling global PS2 franchise to the next level with personalization and community taking center stage.
SingStar PS3 will allow you access to a catalog of hundreds of downloadable songs featuring the real artists and videos, via the PS3 online SingStore. Become a global star as you share your SingStar experiences with friends and the online SingStar community via captured video, audio and photos. A perfect addition to the social gaming genre, SingStar will allow you to spend time with friends and family without the need to go to a Karaoke bar / night.
Release dates: December 6th 2007 (AUS), December 7th 2007 (EURO), May 20th 2008 (USA)
Developer: SCE London Studio
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Origin: United Kingdom
SingStar PS3′s included 30 tracks are:
1. Blink 182 – All The Small Things
2. Blur – Coffee & TV
3. Britney Spears – Toxic
4. Coldplay – Fix You
5. Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.
6. Gwen Stefani – Cool
7. Junior Senior – Move Your Feet
8. Macy Gray – I Try
9. Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie
10. Ne-Yo – So Sick
11. Orson – No Tomorrow
12. OutKast – Hey Ya
13. Primal Scream – Movin’ On Up
14. Pussycat Dolls – Beep
15. Radiohead – No Surprises
16. Razorlight – America
17. REM – Losing My Religion
18. Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman – Something Stupid
19. Scissor Sisters – I Don’t Feel Like Dancing
20. Supergrass – Alright
21. The Automatic – Monster
22. The Cardigans – Lovefool
23. The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger
24. The Killers – Mr Brightside
25. The Stone Roses – She Bangs The Drums
26. The Zutons – Valerie
27. Twisted Sister – We’re Not Gonna Take It
28. U2 – Beautiful Day
29. Weezer – Buddy Holly
30. Wolfmother – Love Train
Watch the SingStar PS3 intro.
What are SingStar PS3′s main features?
* A true interactive singing experience, where everyone is a star as they sing along with their favorite artists to the authentic videos of chart-topping tracks.
* With the SingStore feature, download and purchase hundreds of songs and videos from across multiple genres to build your ideal SingStar playlist. You pick the songs and create your own personalized SingStar party collection!
* Exclusively on PS3, experience My SingStar Online, where you can share your personal SingStar performances and experiences by uploading your own photos and videos created from within the game. Meet friends, view and rate videos created by others within the SingStar online community.
* Utilizing the Blu-ray disc and PS3′s high-definition support, view select videos in full HD.
* Perform solo-style or challenge friends and family to a sing-off with multiplayer gameplay.
* PlayStation Eye and PS2 Eyetoy camera compatible, allowing players to capture and share their performances, watch themselves performing as the main act and record special moments in the spotlight for playback. Your own USB webcam might work too, try it out.
* Multiple difficulty levels and selectable song lengths provide customized gameplay for all-ages and musical abilities.
Watch SingStar PS3 gameplay footage.
As a conclusion let’s rate this game on its fun-basis.
FUN FACTOR – 8.5
It’s no wonder the SingStar series on PS2 has sold over six million copies, it’s great fun! The first game on PS3 is a great way to get some laughs if you’re not the best singer and perfect for putting would-be singers in the spotlight with the Eye camera and a big microphone in their hands. The game comes with two wired mics for the duet mode and wireless mics are promised for 2008. While the 30 tracks might not be for everyone, there is at least one song for every person and there will be dozens more to download to their liking. It’s the perfect party game, and that’s coming from someone who keeps getting tone deaf scores. Playing solo will get boring fast, but no matter, because in a group this karaoke game shines.
Graphics – 8.0
The menus have a great style and even their look can be changed and wallpapers of your favorite artists be downloaded. And then there’s the main attraction, High Definition music videos, what more could you want? If you answered that with “more than just 30 songs” then you should know any more wouldn’t be a pressure on the visual and audio data a Blu-Ray disc can hold, but would instead mean higher song copyright costs they’d have to charge to you.
Audio – 9.0
The music is of course a great selection from classics to new tunes. For every funny cringe-worthy song to sing along with like Blink 182′s All The Small Things or Britney Spears’s Toxic, there’s a great karaoke track like Gorillaz’s Feel Good Inc or Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman’s Somethin’ Stupid. But even there the musical tastes vary, like they should, which is likely why there are so many songs from different genres.
Ingenuity – 8.5
The menus are simple to navigate and look smooth as silk. Every option is polished. The online features are great, a mix between Flickr, YouTube and Myspace for you to upload your best singing pictures and video performances to for others to rate and challenge your highscores on. And downloading songs will be done in an iTunes style store. It all speaks for itself and is easy to do. Both PS2 & PS3 cameras and microphones will work with this PS3 version, again very straightforward plug and play.
Replay Value – 9.0
The game will ship with 30 songs on disc, although different countries are getting different songlists, but you’ll be able to download more songs from the online SingStore. The SingStore will initally launch with 44 songs, including the selected songs from the PS2 back catalogue, with over 350 songs promised by early 2008. You can access it all through the game itself as long as you’ve got enough credit in your PlayStation Store wallet, before buying you even get a preview. The downloads will feature the entire music video, and will be in high definition where available. Each song will cost: £0.99 / €1.49 / AU$2.45. So while the disc might not have all your favorite songs, you can be pretty sure the SingStore will have them for download. Whether you’re a gamer or non-gamer, SingStar PS3 is for people of all ages, making this a great karaoke system that’ll last you a long time.